Netherlands international goalkeeper Krul has been out of competitive action since late November when he suffered a ligament damage during training.
However, the 26-year-old is on course to returning to full fitness and will feature in a closed-doors friendly against Celtic’s Development Squad at Newcastle’s training ground today.
Carver has said that if Krul does not suffer any problem in the game, then he could feature against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.
JC: "Tim Krul is taking part in a behind-closed-doors game v Celtic. If he comes through that he will be available for the weekend." #NUFC— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 8, 2015
Another Newcastle first-team star who will play in the match against Celtic today is midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, who has fully recovered from testicular cancer.